We booked two voyages with the Ocean Youth Trust earlier this year:
Below is a list of the fantastic business leaders who took part:
Lizzie’s background is in people and project management. Starting in PR for the wine trade at a specialist agency, then moved on to marketing career. She moved into Sailing management in 2014 with the Keelboat program for the sport’s National Governing Body. Lizzie now works at the oldest operating yacht club in the world delivering one of the busiest keelboat sailing programmes in the UK.
Kirsteen is the External Supply Director at GlaxoSmithKline. She has worked for GSK for almost 20 years. Kirsteen joined the company as a process Chemist at the GSKs Worthing Factory, supporting the manufacture of penicillins for supply globally. She continued to be site based during her career, focussing on Operations Leadership roles in several manufacturing areas. Kirsteen is now based at GSKs corporate headquarters where she manages supply of medicines into the GSK network from third party suppliers.
She first sailed with the Ocean Youth Trust as a teenager in 1991, and volunteered over the years becoming a 2nd Mate. Much of my leadership style I use at work every day comes from my sailing experiences with the charity. This is a hugely valuable opportunity for all the youngsters joining and who knows what doors it might open.
Natalie moved to London when she was 18 and begun working as a Legal Secretary. She soon realised that she wanted to become more involved in the law, and considered whether she could become a solicitor. At the age of 24, with the support of family and friends, she handed in her notice and begun a full time Law degree in London. After graduating Natalie worked in both Criminal law and Residential Conveyancing. In 2014 Natalie moved to the office in Battle and became a Partner in 2016. Since September 2017 she is now a Practice Group Leader for the Residential Conveyancing Department.
“Throughout my working life I have mentored and trained a number of employees, both administrative staff and trainee solicitors as I feel it’s important to help others achieve their goals and to support them in doing that.
I am both honoured and excited to be involved with the Ormiston Trust and the maiden voyage of The Prolific and mentoring young people both during the voyage and continuing to do so thereafter. It will not only be a great experience but potentially life-changing for all of us involved.”
Kate Oliver is Chief Executive with the John M Hayes Partnership, a national firm of Costs Lawyers and Costs Draftsmen and a busy mum to five in a blended family of seven. Working at Board level has given Kate a clear understanding of the value of team work and how all of us have a role to play in the success of a ship and its voyage in whatever form that takes.
As a non sailor, Kate is in equal parts both terrified and excited to be joining with the other novice sailors on this adventure and is very much looking forward to the challenge.
Helene Peter-Davies is a Solicitor and Master Mariner with more than 25 years’ experience of the shipping industry. Commencing a dual cadetship at the age of 17, Helene gained 12 years’ sea-going experience as both a deck and engineering officer firstly on a variety different types of vessels.
On moving ashore Helene studied part time for the GDL and a Masters in Law. From 2003 to 2009 she gained 2 years’ experience in an OCIMF vetting role as Deputy Project Manager for an Oil Major and 4 years’ lecturing experience in Marine Law at Glasgow College of Nautical Studies (now “City of Glasgow College”), and became Head of School of Nautical Studies with overall responsibility for the Certificate of Competency Courses for Deck Officers.
Helene qualified as a solicitor in 2012, having joined MFB Solicitors in 2009, and is part of the Casualty Response Team. She specialises in admiralty law with a strong salvage/wreck removal focus in addition to more traditional admiralty and dry shipping areas.
She is looking forward to taking part in the Leading Lights project and swapping a desk for a navigation bridge while being able to shine a light onto the shipping industry and the wide range of opportunities, both at sea and ashore, it can provide as a potential career path .
Penny is the Finance Director of Conde Nast Britain, the luxury multimedia company with brands including Vogue, GQ, Vanity Fair and Glamour. Her experience includes senior operational finance roles with Conde Nast, Sky and lastminute.com, following five years with Deloitte.
Penny has been a judge for ‘Women of the Future Programme’ since 2011 and is a very keen sailor, and member of the Royal Cruising Club.
See a list of the 2018 voyages we have booked.